The European Union and its PDG partners have issued a joint statement tasking the rogue dictatorial government of president Yoweri Museveni to unconditionally free the detained human rights lawyer Nicholas Opiyo.

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In the statement signed off by EU member states on December 23, the envoys expressed concerns about the degrading manner in which Counsel Opiyo, an outspoken critic of the Museveni government was arrested.

“We are concerned by yesterday’s arrests of four prominent human rights champions, including renowned lawyer Mr. Nicholas Opiyo. Mr. Opiyo is onw of the many Ugandan citizens whose professionalism has helped build Uganda’s international reputation,” the EU said in a statement.

“We strongly emphasize the right of every Ugandan to a due process including swift arraignment and formal notification of the charges, through investigations by national authorities as well as orderly access to legal representation, family and health professionals. If no charges are tobbe brought then we call for their immediate release. Human rights defenders plat an important role in every country and should be able to work without fear of arrest or reprisals, wherever they are,” the EU adds.

By the time of filing this report, police was still holding Counsel Opiyo in the cella of the SIU Kireka. His relatives whp spoke to this site revealed that his home was raided and all his communication gadgets got confiscated by the authorities. Police say they want to establish the learned legal moniker’s links to foreign based NGOs suspected to be funding the Ugandan opposition that seek to challenge the incumbent president Museveni.

EU statement on Counsel Opiyo arrest issued on December 23, 2020
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